Thrills, Spills and Swills: 6 Crazy Things We’re Hoping To See at the Spirit Awards


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This Saturday, IFC will air the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards LIVE at 5p ET/2p PT. That means we won’t have to wait until later to watch a delayed showing of all the happenings. But with that comes all the glorious shenanigans that can happen during a live show.

As Liz Lemon taught us during the live episodes of 30 Rock, we all need live television. Aside from the nerve it takes to get up in front of the hundreds of people in attendance, in addition to all the people watching at home, there’s that always present thought in the back of your mind that reminds you that anything can happen. No matter how much you prepare for what’s coming, there’s always something could go wrong or oh so right.

Here are some reminders of what can happen during award shows.

6. The Butchering of Names

John Travolta managed to stay out of the spotlight, but with just two words he became the laughing stock of the Internet. We’re all still asking ourselves how someone could mistake Idina Menzel for Adele Dazeem, but it happened and now that’s his legacy.

5. Streaking

Streaking is so five decades ago, but apparently it can still happen nowadays. Remember that time a streaker interrupted Hayden Panettiere on stage at the MTV Movie Awards? In his defense, he certainly made things more interesting.

4. Drunken Shenanigans

Emma Thompson taught us a valuable lesson during the 2014 Golden Globes: it’s super easy to get drunk at these events. Sometimes it’s nice to calm the nerves with some liquid courage, but too much can make you wanna go up on stage in front of your peers with your high heels in one hand and a cocktail in the other.

3. Unexpected Interruptions

No matter how much the producers and security guards prepare for the unexpected, if someone like Kanye West wants to interrupt Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, they’re gonna. Thankfully Queen B was there to remedy this situation, but Beyonce is not always going to be there to save the day.

2. Random Makeout Sessions

First things first, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best people to have at your awards show. And second, she taught us all to expect the unimaginable. Were we expecting her and Bryan Cranston to rekindle their Seinfeld love affair before she walked up to accept an Emmy? No, but it was fantastic to watch.

1. Wipeouts

Heels are difficult to walk in. That’s a fact. Then add in some of the most extravagant floor-length dresses, and you’ve got a disaster on your hands. It doesn’t matter if you’re a self-professed klutz like Jennifer Lawrence or Meryl Streep, the “trip and fall” doesn’t discriminate.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.


Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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